Jan. 15, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Long-time football coach and Birmingham native David Cutcliffe has been selected as one of eight members of the Class of 2016 to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Cutcliffe has served as either an assistant or head coach at the collegiate level for 33 seasons.
Coach Cutcliffe began his career as an assistant football coach in 1976 at Banks High School, his alma mater, in Birmingham after graduating from the University of Alabama. He served in that position for four seasons until taking over the head coach position in 1980.
In 1982, Cutcliffe accepted his first position in college football, as he was hired as a part-time assistant coach by the University of Tennessee. He would spend the next 17 seasons in Knoxville, working his way up from that part-time position to passing coordinator, followed by offensive coordinator, and eventually assistant head coach.
Cutcliffe was part of five SEC Championship squads while at Tennessee, including the 1998 team that went 13-0 and won the national championship. He earned the Frank Broyles Award that season, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Now known as one of the best quarterbacks coaches in the game, Cutcliffe groomed the likes of Heath Shuler and Peyton Manning during his time with the Vols. Both of those quarterbacks were named SEC Player of the Year.
Following the 1998 season, Cutliffe took over as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels. He spent six seasons in Oxford, compiling a 44-29 (.603) record. He was voted as the SEC Coach of the Year in 2003 after guiding Ole Miss to a 10-3 season, earning a share of the SEC Western Division title and eventually winning the Cotton Bowl. That team was quarterbacked by Eli Manning.
After returning to Tennessee to serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two more seasons, Cutcliffe moved on to Duke University in 2008, where he is currently the head coach. While in Durham he has led the Blue Devils to unprecedented success. He was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading Duke to the Belk Bowl, the first bowl appearance since 1994.
During the 2013 season, the Blue Devils won 10 games for the first time in program history. Cutcliffe’s squad also claimed the ACC Coastal Division, earning a place in the ACC Championship Game. Along with being the ACC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, he was selected as the Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation and the Maxwell Football Club, the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, the AFCA National Coach of the Year and the Sporting News Co-National Coach of the Year.
This past season, Cutcliffe added to his achievements, as the Blue Devils won the Pinstripe Bowl 44-41 in overtime over Indiana for the program’s first bowl victory since the 1961 Cotton Bowl. His record in eight seasons in Durham is 48-53 (.475), making his overall record 92-82 (.529).
The newly elected Inductees for the Class of 2016 are as follows:
James Brooks – Football
David Cutcliffe – Coaching
Jim Fulmer – Basketball
Oscar Gamble – Baseball
Martha Jones Lang – Golf
Chris Samuels – Football
Calvin Smith – Track and Field
Andrew Toney – Basketball
The newly elected eight inductees will bring the total of all Inductees since 1969 to 336.
The 48th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. For more Reception and Banquet Ticket Information can be purchased by contacting the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum.
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